Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Arnold/Howard Rooms, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee: $20.00, includes book
Cost for registration is $20.00 per person. Checks are to be made payable to UMaine Cooperative Extension.
This workshop is designed to help people who are interested in using high tunnels for vegetable and fruit production as part of a commercial enterprise. Interest in growing crops in high tunnels is expanding as demand for locally grown produce expands and people seek to extend their growing season. Types of tunnels, construction, irrigation, fertility, and crop requirements will be discussed with Dr. Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a panel of experts and growers who have worked with high tunnels in Maine.
The workshop will be held at the Augusta Civic Center during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, which runs January 7-9, so participants will have an opportunity to come early and spend some time looking at the supplies, equipment and services on exhibit that are available to help them with high tunnels and other agricultural enterprises. Admission to the Trades Show is free.
A registration fee of $20.00 will be charged for participation in the High Tunnel Workshop and space is limited, so preregistration is strongly advised. Participants will be provided with the publication “High Tunnel Tomato Production” from the University of Missouri for an excellent reference companion to the workshop. Cash and checks will be accepted at the registration table; checks should be made out to “UMaine Cooperative Extension.”
Any person with a disability who needs accommodations to participate in this program should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 to discuss any needed arrangements at least seven days in advance.
Image Description: High Tunnel Tomatoes
An article about high tunnel gardening techniques in Maine by University of Maine Cooperative Extension faculty members Caragh Fitzgerald in the Kennebec County office and Mark Hutton of the Highmoor Farm office in Monmouth appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents).